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March 20 2006 By virtueonline FINDING PRUDENCE BESIDE THE NARROW ROAD - by Lars F. Nowen

Pieper argues that the virtue of prudence (the perfected ability to make right decisions) has all but dropped out of the modern mind. It is his view that we need to recapture the meaning of prudence, because all human virtue hangs upon it. No human action or decision can be good if it is not first and foremost prudent. The other classical virtues, namely justice, fortitude, and temperance, are virtues because they are fundamentally prudent.

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March 18 2006 By virtueonline Christian Clout Then and Now - Interview with John Wolffe

What rationale did British evangelicals give for getting involved in social reform?

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March 17 2006 By virtueonline The Three Critical Streams - by Robert J. Sanders

The great strength of Evangelicalism is its proclamation of the gospel as revealed in Scripture. That is first. The apostles were not sent forth to preach the catholic tradition, nor did they preach the Holy Spirit before Christ. They preached Jesus Christ as Lord, risen from the dead, the only way to the Father. The Spirit empowered them to do this and their preaching formed the church.

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Professor Weiner commences his monograph with a brief look at the wider issue of "Christians living in a Muslim world". He notes, "Despite the liberal and secular trends that gained strength from the middle of the nineteenth century, this statute [Islam] continues, to this day, to influence cultural, social, and legal practices.

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My other reason is the rise and progress in the land of much unsound teaching under the specious name of "Church principles." That vague, misty, and indefinite phrase seems to turn many people's heads, and attracts adherents who use it without knowing what they mean. There is a kind of fascination about it which appears to rob people of their common sense.

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This was recognized by the Fathers/Bishops at the first Ecumenical Council of the Church at the imperial place in Nicaea in AD 325. After stating in their Creed (first edition of the Nicene Creed) that the Son of God is consubstantial and of the same essence/being as the Father (homoousios), the same Fathers added a kind of P.S.

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March 06 2006 By virtueonline Expert Doubts 'Gospel of Judas' Revelation

"Does it go back to Judas? No," Robinson told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The text, in Egypt's Coptic language, dates from the third or fourth century and is a copy of an earlier document. The National Geographic Society, along with other groups, has been studying the "Judas" text.

The society said Thursday it will release its report on the document "within the next few weeks" but didn't specify whether that would come via a book, magazine article or telecast.

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March 04 2006 By virtueonline Pollyanna Preachers Learning the Gospel from the Agnostics

Today, one of the most popular preachers in America is an insufferable Pollyanna: Joel Osteen. He preaches out of an Enormodome in Texas and sounds to me like a mixture of Dale Carnegie, twelve-step blather, and the Joker. Unlike the Joker, however, Osteen doesn't seem to believe in evil-or free will. To him, every event under-and around-the sun is the work of Divine Providence. Lost your job? God's got something better prepared for you. Flat tire? God's just testing your patience.

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March 04 2006 By virtueonline Heaven on Earth - by Rob Sanders Ph. D.

Once seen and heard, the words and deeds of Jesus were recorded as the apostolic witness of Scripture. These words and deeds are then set forth in worship as readings, sermon, and the liturgical words and manual acts of the Holy Communion. As this happens, the Holy Spirit enlivens the biblical words and deeds of worship to reveal the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and through him, the entire company of heaven gathered before the throne of the transcendent Father.

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March 02 2006 By virtueonline LOOK NOT TO CANTUAR: A Friendly Rejoinder to Michael Poon

I appreciate Dr. Poon's perspective on the danger of imposing an Anglican "confessionalism," especially on the mission field where new churches are being planted.

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